SPRINGFIELD — Most area golfers improved their scores on Wednesday but none were able to advance following the second round of the 2017 Ohio Amateur Golf Championship.
Van Buren senior-to-be Brandon Wehrle made one of the biggest jumps of the tournament, slicing 10 strokes off Tuesday’s 83, shooting a 3-over 73 on Wednesday for a 156 total.
Findlay High grad and University of Toledo junior Spencer Shoemaker, who trimmed his first-round score by six strokes (81-75), and Hopewell-Loudon graduate Bryce Gorrell (79-77) also finished with scores of 156.
University of Findlay assistant golf coach Jacob Miller posted the lowest total among local and area golfers who qualified for the event. He went 77-75–152 in two rounds over the Springfield Country Club layout. The top-60 cut to advance to today’s third round was 151.
Findlay High grad and University of Findlay golfer Sam Griffith followed Tuesday’s 75 with a 79 on Wednesday for a 154.
Hunter Foltz, who will also be a senior at Van Buren this fall, finished the Ohio Amateur with an 85-83–168 total.
Centerville’s Austin Sipe, who entered Wednesday’s round in a four-way tie for the lead, once again highlighted his play with a sizzling back nine. Sipe played the Springfield Country Club back nine in 31 on Tuesday and toured the second nine in 33 on Wednesday.
Fourth in the 2016 Ohio Amateur at the Findlay Country Club, Sipe is at 67-68–135 heading into today’s third round. He owns a two-stroke lead over Pickerington’s Garrett Brickley (69-68–137) and is four up on Springfield’s Luke Well (70-69–139) and Cincinnati’s Brennen Walsh (67-72–139).
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